Sunday, March 2, 2008

Jagger once threatened by Hells Angels?

David Crosby has often joked that if you remember the 1960s, you're lying. Either you weren't born yet, or if you were alive during the time you were too stoned during the decade to remember what happened.

To mark the upcoming 100th birthday of the FBI, the BBC is going into the agency's most controversial case files; and one nugger they've come up from 1969 is a story the protagonist would probably rather forget. That year, the Hells Angels attempted a hit on Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones in the aftermath of the band's infamous free concert at Altamonte Speedway -- the one where Meredith Hunter was killed by one of the Angels who had been hired by the band for "security."

The story, to be broadcast on Monday, suggests that Jagger was so furious at the biker gang for -- well, dropping the bomb -- that the gang was insulted and so they vowed to kill Jagger in revenge, by running a blitzkrieg on his Long Island property via boat to bypass security. The bikers in the hit squad were thwarted by a storm that threw all the would be assassins overboard.

No comment yet from Jagger. But stories like that make the current exploits of the FBI seem rather blasé by comparison.

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